According to Merriam-Webster, being courageous is having mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
Easy to say and hard to do. Claiming your dreams takes courage because there are many unknowns on your dream journey. If you’ve ever watched the movie “Joy,” the main character shows great courage through much adversity. She had the unfortunate situation where she had her invention stolen and constantly being told “you can’t.” Yet, she put on her big girl pants and trudged through the danger, fear, and difficulty. Displaying perseverance, Joy Mangano comes out the other side. That led to her holding more than 100 patents.
Joy embodies the true grit of an entrepreneur who stuck to her guns. God expects no less from us and in fact He commands us at least 14 times in the Bible to be strong and courageous. In God’s loving nature, He gives us the strength to do just that. He doesn’t leave us hanging.
Here are 5 tips from God’s word for how to be courageous.
1 – Let Go: God fights on your behalf you only need to be still. Sometimes you need to let go to move forward. You can’t hold onto both fear and God’s hand.
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” – Exodus 14:14
2 – Don’t do it alone: Find others who support your dreams. Those who help you and whom you can help.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Psalms 27:17
3 – Remember your armor: God gives you armor to battle the naysayers and overcome the setbacks.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:14-17
4 – Step out of the boat: God calls you to step out into uncertainty and trust that He has you. Like Peter, He expects you to walk over the uncertainty and come to Him through faith.
“Come,” he [Jesus] said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” – Matthew 14:29
5 – Worship: Praise brings you closer to God and strengthens your spirit.
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,” – Romans 4:20